Whangarei holiday Christmas/New Year 2016/17
A week or so before Christmas, Martin and I headed up to Whangarei to spend time with his parents. We broke the journey resting for a few hours in Wellsford Library - the staff their were hugely generous, giving us a meeting room all to ourselves and generally being really helpful.
We also greatly enjoyed visits from two lots of friends from university days: the Tearle family live in Boston but were visiting relatives near Whangarei and dropped by for an hour or two; and Aaron and Susan McCloy came down from Kaitaia especially to spend the afternoon with us!
|Dad's vege garden's doing really well|
|I got my daily 30+ minutes in the sun in the hammock chair straight outside the room we were using. Martin got through a lot of reading and I made good progress on my current sewing project.|
|Some days Mum and Dad joined us, too.|
The highlight for me was swimming at Onerahi beach.
|Finishing our picnic lunch under a pohutakawa and getting ready to get in the water :-)|
|That's me and Martin's parents in the water behind Martin. We had a gorgeous day for it!|
|Mum's preferred way to 'swim' in cold New Zealand waters :-)|
|Resting after swimming - in the beach wheelchair.|
|The pohutakawa out Mum's kitchen window|
|Dad and Martin enjoyed an afternoon at the cricket watching Bangladesh play a NZ eleven (at least I think that's who was playing - cricket's not my thing!)|
|While we were there, Martin helped Mum choose a suitable bicycle to buy - she's loving the freedom it's given her :-)|
|Back home, we enjoyed lighting our Advent candles most evenings until Epiphany.|